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African Rice is the Other Major Species of Rice Plant on Earth.
Arborio Rice, is a medium grain rice, from Italy. Arborio Rice is also described as either an "Italian Rice" or "Risotto Rice." The Arborio grain takes its name from the town of Arborio along the Po River Valley in the Northern Italian province of Vercelli. Arborio Rice...
Asian Rice, is 1 of 2 broad families of rice. Different types of Asian Rice is grown in 112 countries and on all continents. The other, African Rice, is really only found in West Africa. Science’s best estimate is that Asian Rice (Oryza Sativa) was first harvested in the Yangtze River...
Baldo Rice is a relatively new Short Grain Rice breed derived from the crossing of Arborio Rice and Stirpe 136. It is a member of the Japonica Rice Family and a favorite in Turkish Cuisine. The grains of Baldo Rice are thick and their compact structure offers a very good absorptive...
Basmati, is an aromatic rice. “Basmati”, long grain rice, is a Hindi word that is translated as “fragrant” which describes the delicious smell. The smell, is the product of a chemical compound called, "2-Acetyl-1-pyrroline" and smells something like popcorn...
Black Rice, sometimes also known as Purple Rice, is not a distinct variety of Rice but a grouping of Rice types that have a distinctive Black/Purple color. The black color comes from trace minerals retained by the Rice Bran that covers the Rice grains. Black Rice can also belong to...
Black Thai Sticky Rice is usually lumped in (almost a pun) with Black Sticky Rice but they are actually different specific types of Rice. There are thousands of rice varieties and it is pretty confusing to identify those little, similar colored grains. We can try though. Thai Sticky...
Bomba Rice, also known as Bomba Rice de Calasparra, is an older strain of Rice with a Protected Geographical Indication that is grown in Spain, principally outside the town of Calasparra in Murcia but also around Valencia. Bomba Rice has a pearly core and a decent ratio of...
Brown Basmati Rice is Basmati Rice that has been minimally processed: only the Husk has been removed and the Rice Bran remains intact. Brown Basmati Rice belongs in the following Rice categories: Long Grain Rice, Aromatic Rice, and Starchy Rice. “Basmati” is a Hindi word...
Brown Jasmine Rice is Jasmine Rice that has been minimally processed, where only the Husk has been removed but the Rice Bran remains intact. Brown Jasmine Rice belongs in the following Rice categories: Long Grain Rice, Aromatic Rice, and Starchy Rice. Season Brown Jasmine Rice,...
According to the USA Rice Federation, Brown Medium Grain Rice is usually described as a shorter and wider Rice “that is about two to three times as long as it is wide.” Brown Medium Grain Rice is just the minimally processed version where the brown-colored Rice Bran is...
Brown Rice is the Least Processed Commercial Form of Any Type of Rice.
Calasparra Rice is both the term given to Rice grown in the town of Calasparra in Murcia in southeast Spain and the name used to describe the Arroz Sollana (Arroz Balilla x Sollana) from Calasparra, Spain. There are two principle Rice types grown in Calasparra: Bomba Rice and Arroz...
Calrose Rice, which is one of the most recognized Rice types in the U.S. and the Pacific Region, is a Medium Grain Rice and the leading Rice grown in California. Calrose was developed from a Japonica Rice type at the U.C. Davis’ Rice Experiment Station near Biggs, California in...
Carnaroli Rice is a Medium Grain Rice that is very popular in Northern Italy. It is used primarily for making Risotto but can be used in other dishes such as Risi Bisi (Venetial Rice & Peas) and Rice Pudding. You may be mumbling to yourself “but Arborio Rice is used for...
Rice had a hard time taking hold in the New World mostly because early settlers were English and used to the process of growing Wheat. The success of the original Carolina Gold Rice was reportedly a fluke. Apparently, a schooner, homeward bound from Africa, was shipwrecked on the...
Carolina Rice is a name used to describe Long Grain Rice grown in the southern states of Carolina. Carolina Rice is not necessarily the same thing as Carolina Gold Rice, which is a heritage grain restored by Anson Mills in South Carolina. To learn more about Carolina Rice, see Smart...
Converted Rice is Processed, Quicker Cooking, and More Nutritious than White.
Extra Fancy Rice is a “grade” of finished Rice that is applied to both White Rice and Brown Rice and is the highest standard specified by the United States Secretary of Agriculture. For White Rice, an Extra Fancy grade means that the Rice is comprised of well-milled whole...
Fino is one of the Italian Rice Grain Size Designations. Fino is narrowest Italian Rice grain size designation. Semifino and Superfino are the two other designations most commonly used to describe the width of the rice grain. Nutritional Value USDA Gluten Free Yes Low...
Glutinous Rice Refers to the Rice's Sticky Nature, not to Gluten. Glutinous Rice, like all Rice does not Contain Gluten.
Indica Rice (Oryza sativa var. Indica) is an offshoot (no pun intended) of Asian Rice and is the forefather of most of the Long Grain Rice types that are grown today. In many places you will find the terms “Long Grain Rice” and “Indica Rice” used...
Instant Rice is Pre-Cooked Rice.
There is no variety of Rice called “Italian Rice” but there are a number of Rice types associated with Italy and Italian Cuisine that are often grouped together and called, collectively, Italian Rice. Some of these Italian Rices include: Arborio Rice, Carnaroli Rice,...
The Japanese have been growing Rice for 2,400 years, but there is no breed of Rice known as Japanese Rice on the shelf. In fact, Japan does not allow the export of Rice and any Japanese Rice types we see at retail are domestically grown versions of American hybrids. Japanese Rice is...
Japanese Short Grain Rice is a Short Grain Rice and a Japonica Rice that is known as “ordinary rice” or “Uruchimai” in Japan. Japanese Short Grain Rice is the staple food of Japan. Think of it as ordinary Japanese table rice or even as our version of Sushi Rice...
Japonica Rice is the term for one of the broad classifications of Rice. Indica Rice is the other major classification. Japonica Rice is derived from Asian Rice and is also the ancestor of many of the more commonly found types of Japonica Rice such as Medium Grain Rice (like Arborio Rice,...
Jasmine Rice is a Long Grained Rice, though some will claim it as a Medium Grained Rice, an Aromatic Rice, and a Starchy Rice that has a distinctive floral aroma that was reportedly so sweet that the Rice was named after the Jasmine flower. Jasmine Rice is the most popular Rice in...
Long Grain Brown Rice is a derivative of Asian Rice and is the pre-dominant form of Rice used in Asia. Long Grain Rice is usually synonymous with Indica Rice one of the two most widely used Rice types (Japonica Rice is the other). So what is Long Grain Brown Rice in practice? Not...
According to the Rice Association in Britain, “Long Grain Rice is usually described as Rice that is about four or five times as long as it is wide.” The typical single grain of Long Grain Rice measures one quarter inch to more than one third of an inch (7 mm to 9 mm). Indica...
Long Grain White Rice is a derivative of Asian Rice and is the pre-dominant form of Rice used in Asia. Long Grain Rice is usually synonymous with Indica Rice,one of the two most widely used Rice types (Japonica Rice is the other). So what is Long Grain White Rice in practice? Not...
According to the USA Rice Federation, Medium Grain Rice is usually described as a shorter and wider Rice “that is about two to three times as long as it is wide.” The typical single grain of Medium Grain Rice measures between .19 inches to .25 inches long (5mm to 6 mm) and...
Reconstituted Rice is cooked rice that has been milled to remove the outer hull and then extruded to make rice pellets, which are then dried and sold as Instant Rice. Reconstituted Rice is convenient but less tasty and less nutritious than other Rice types. Nutritional Value...
Red Rice is not a distinct variety of Rice but a grouping of Rice types that have a distinctive red color. The red color comes from trace minerals from the soil retained by the growing Rice grains. Red Rice can also belong to the Long Grain Rice, Medium Grain Rice, and Short Grain...
Rice is a staple food for over half the world's population! Rice is also one of humanities earliest foraged grain. Collectively, we have a 12,000 to 14,000 year relationship with rice. The history of rice and its dispersal around the globe is fascinating. Rice, is a member of the...
Rice Bran, also known as Brown Rice Bran, makes up two of the layers of the Rice Grain (the Germ and the Bran). Rice Bran is the layer below the outer Husk and before the familiar inner white Grain--between the inner white rice grain and the outer hull. Technically, Rice Bran is the...
Semifino is one of the Italian Rice Grain Size Designations. Semifino is the medium width, Italian Rice grain size designation. Superfino and Fino are the two other designations most commonly used to describe the width of rice grains. Nutritional Value USDA Gluten Free Yes Low...
Short Grain Rice, sometimes called Round Rice, is another category of Rice that groups Rice cultivars by their size and shape. As with Long Grain Rice and Medium Grain Rice, there are a few different types of Rice that can be lumped in under the term “Short Grain.” Rice types...
Spanish Rice is mainly a designation, a grouping if you will, and not a Rice Type. There are three main types of Rice often called “Spanish Rice”: Bomba Rice, Calasparra Rice, and Valencia Rice. For more information one each of the specific Spanish Rice types click on...
Superfino is one of the Italian Rice Grain Size Designations. Superfino describes the widest Italian Rice grain. Semifino and Fino are the two other designations most commonly used to describe the width of the rice grain. Nutritional Value USDA Gluten Free Yes Low...
The first thing to know about Sushi Rice is that Sushi Rice is actually a preparation of Rice and Vinegar (along with Sugar and Salt and other flavors), almost like an aerated Rice and Vinegar Bound Salad, held together by the natural stickiness of the Rice. The second thing to know...
There are actually two types of Thai Sticky Rice, also called Thai Sweet Rice, Sweet Rice, Sticky Rice, or Thai Glutinous Rice. Both are Long Grain Rice. The major difference between them is whether they are milled or not. White Thai Sticky Rice is a milled (wait for it) white rice with...
Tropical Japonica Rice is a subspecies of Asian Rice and is broad-grained. It thrives under tropical conditions and at high elevations. Varieties Examples of Tropical Japoinca Rice include the Medium Grain Rice cultivars: “Tinawon” and 'Unoy,” which...
Valencia Rice is another of those Rice types which is really a category and not a specific cultivar of Rice. Valencia Rice, or Arroz de Valencia, refers to those types of Rice grown in Valencia, Spain, the ground-zero of Paella, under a Protected Geographical Indication. The specific...
Vialone Nano Rice is a hybrid variety of Italian Rice developed in 1937 by breeding Vialone Rice together with Nano Rice. The result was a shorter Rice plant so the appellation “Nano,” which means “dwarf” in Italian, was appropriate. The product of the Vialone...
White Basmati Rice is Brown Basmati Rice (Basmati Rice with the outer Rice Husk removed) that has been further milled to remove the Rice Bran. White Basmati Rice is sometimes also polished. By the way, “Basmati” is a Hindi word that is translated as “fragrant”...
White Jasmine Rice is Brown Jasmine Rice (Jasmine Rice with the outer Rice Husk removed) that has been further milled to remove the Rice Bran. White Jasmine Rice is sometimes also polished. Jasmine Rice gets its name from its slight floral aroma that smells of Jasmine and tastes a bit like...
According to the USA Rice Federation, White Medium Grain Rice is usually described as a shorter and wider Rice “that is about two to three times as long as it is wide.” White Medium Grain Rice is the more highly processed version of Medium Grain Rice: the brown-colored Rice...
The Most Processed Rice Type that Cooks Faster and is More Tender.
White Thai Sticky Rice, sometimes called Thai Sweet Rice, Sweet Rice, or Sticky Rice, is the staple food of Thailand and Laos and very popular in Southeast Asia and the Philippines, where it is marketed as “Malagkit.” There are thousands of rice varieties and White Thai...
The term Wild Rice is most properly, and less commonly, used to refer to primitive varieties of Rice or uncultivated Rice plants both of which belong to the grass family Oryza, which is the Rice family. On U.S. shelves what we commonly, and improperly, call Wild Rice is actually the...